Indonesia wants to be one of UN's biggest troop contributors

The government expects the Indonesian Military (TNI) to provide more personnel to join United Nations peacekeeping forces, so that Indonesia can become one of the top-10 largest UN troop contributors.

"Indonesia now ranks 17th, with 1,815 personnel," President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in Jakarta on Wednesday as quoted by Antara news agency.

He said Indonesia could achieve its target as one of the biggest UN troop contributors within a short period.

To that end, he said, Indonesia must provide more than 4,000 personnel to join UN peacekeeping forces.

That was why during his two terms between 2004 and 2014, there was an almost 400-per cent increase in the military budget and almost a four-fold increase in spending on the National Police and public security guards (Kamtibmas).

Based on UN data, Bangladesh tops the list of 10 countries, providing 8,316 personnel. Pakistan ranks second with 8,250 personnel, followed by India (7,848), Ethiopia (6,534), and Nigeria (4,949).

Other countries are Rwanda with 4,683 personnel, followed by Nepal (4,553), Jordan (3,381), Ghana (2,907) and Egypt (2,865).